Executive Board

The safety and security of our Executive Board Members, Delegates and grassroots leaders is our top priority.

As such, we have continuously monitored the latest developments of the 
Coronavirus (COVID-19). With the recent identification of new cases and others under active observation, Governor Newsom has declared a state of emergency in California. Additionally, public health officials have called for the cancellation of large gatherings that may result in the further spread of the virus. This is a matter that we take seriously and must now take appropriate, responsible action. 

Therefore, to ensure safety and security of all participants, the March 2020 Executive Board Meeting in Visalia on March 20th to March 22nd is officially cancelled. 

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. However, it’s critical that we take all necessary precautions to protect everyone involved. We simply have too much work to do in 2020 and beyond. 

In order to keep everyone safe and to ensure the important business of the California Democratic Party moves forward, we will do the following: 

First, we were all excited to visit the Central Valley in the coming weeks. Therefore, we will be working to hold our Executive Board meeting in Visalia in 2021. There will be more announcements and details to come. 

Second, we will reimburse all registration fees and lunch tickets that have been paid to date for the March 2020 Executive Board Meeting. Our hope is that this will help minimize the financial impact of this change. To cancel hotel reservations please visit: www.marriott.com/vismc (you will need the confirmation number and last name) or you can click on the link in the confirmation email you received at booking. You can also call the reservations line at (800) 798-6506 to cancel. 
Please cancel as soon as possible to avoid being charged a fee.

Third, because of the requirements associated with the National Convention in July 2020 in Milwaukee, it’s important that we conduct the election of DNC Members in a timely manner. Therefore, we will conduct an all-mail ballot election and will certify the election results with a vote during the 2020 Summer Executive Board Meeting on August 21st through August 23rd at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Burlingame. All other committee work will be held over until the August Executive Board meeting.

NOTE: Newly elected DNC members will not be voting delegates at the July Convention in Milwaukee. Their term begins immediately following National Convention, with a DNC meeting on Friday, July 17th.

Election details are as follows: 

  • Wednesday, March 11th, the CDP will mail a ballot package to each Executive Board Member. Each package will contain the personalized DNC Ballot with instructions, including a return postage paid envelope and a cover letter.
    • Completed and signed ballots ballots may mailed using the provided postage paid envelope, faxed to (916) 442-5715 (attn: DNC election) or emailed to DNC2020@cadem.org 
  • Thursday, March 26th at 5:00pm, is the deadline for all completed ballots to be received by the CDP. Any ballots received after the deadline are invalid. 
  • On Friday, March 27th at 1:00pm, the ballots will be counted at the Sacramento headquarters. DNC candidates may send one observer and additionally we hope to live stream the counting process. The results will be posted immediately.

Fourth, I have instructed CDP staff to make arrangements to host a large conference call/tele-townhall on Saturday, March 21st from 10:00am-12:00pm so that we can provide many of the CDP updates that would have been covered in our traditional Executive Board Meeting setting. You can register for that call here.

We believe in the collective power of coming together to plan and prepare for the fights ahead. However, these are extraordinary circumstances that call upon us to consider the safety and security of our community. 

Should you have any questions, please contact us at (916) 442-5707. 

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